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Tributes As Billionaire Captain Hosa Okunbo Is Buried In Benin (Photos)

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The remains of Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, a.k.a Hosa Okunbo, chairman of Ocean Marine Security (OMS) Limited, have been buried in Benin City.

The late Benin billionaire was buried on Friday, at a private ceremony by the family.

The burial ceremonies, which began with nights of tributes on Tuesday and Wednesday and followed by a service of songs on Thursday, culminated in a funeral service that took place at Nigerian Airforce Base by Prestige Hotel on Airport Road on Friday, October 8, 2021.

The funeral service, which was characterised by eulogies, saw emotions largely muted.

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo offered the opening prayers while Pastor Goodheart Ekwueme preached the sermon at the funeral service, which was attended by prominent Nigerians.
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Nigeria’s First Family was represented by Aisha Buhari’s daughters, Halima and her husband and Zahra.

Governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu attended the funeral service.

Former Governors James Ibori (Delta), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo) Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Modu Ali-Sherrif (Borno) and Publisher of THISDAY/ Chairman of Arise TV, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, among many more others, were on hand to pay their last respects to Captain ‘Hosa.

There were delegations of chiefs from the Palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II and the Palace of the Ogiame Atunwase III, the Olu of Warri (son-in-law to the late Capt. ‘Hosa).

The entire service was powerful from the beginning to the end. After the opening prayers by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, BJ SAX led the audience in a session of praise and worship.

Pastor Ekwueme’s sermon centered on the mystery of life, for which many, he said had sought meaning unsuccessfully.

According to him: “Life is and largely remains a mystery of sorts. Many have sought for the meaning of life. Yet, the meaning of life has eluded many people in a shifting goal post.

“The search has been fruitless and an exercise in futility. Many people are existing and not living because they do not know the meaning of life.

“Solomon in all his majesty could not find the meaning of life until the end of his life when he declared that vanity upon vanity, all was vanity.”

He said that “no matter how powerful you are, you cannot take a pin out of this world.”

He said God taught him a wisdom when his father, former Vice-president Alex Ekwueme died and was brought into Abuja in a box aboard a British Airways flight, adding God said to him that “this is the way of all men.”

“Everyone has birthday and deathday,” pointing out that “anybody who is alive is indebted to God because life is a gift from God.”

“We must render account of our journeys in life to God.”

Pastor Ekwueme thanked God for the life of the late Captain ‘Hosa which he dedicated to God three years at his 60th birthday where he was privileged to deliver a birthday sermon.

He pointed out that the late business mogul reconciled with his Creator and related with Him every day throughout the period he was battling cancer in London.

Before Pastor Ekwueme’s sermon, Olori Atunwase III who gave an eulogy on behalf of the Okunbo family held the audience spellbound with her rendition.

She spoke about the intentional of Capt. ‘Hosa’s goodness, kindness and generosity.

She commended his life of service, saying that was the greatest virtue of her father: service to humanity and God.

She said everything he was, he challenged the children to be, adding “daddy’s love was a safe haven. He loved us all so genuinely, so intentionally. He kept tabs on us as we grew up. He was a great father.”

She stated that Capt. ‘Hosa was like a coat of many colours and those colours were represented by the children.

She promised that the children would strengthen his vision and legacies.

“We will uphold his essence. Our work is to keep his memory alive, to tell the world of the genuineness and uniqueness of his character.

“My dad lives on through the lives he touched. Whatever or however he impacted you, whether directly or indirectly, carry it on, emulate that. Truly, he never dies,” she said.

She said that her father thanked God for a second chance, even when he knew he had cancer.

Olori Atunwase III addressed the remains of her father in a white casket that was beautifully decorated with bouquets of flowers: “Daddy, you gave us a good name and solid foundation. You are a father like no other. We will keep your memory alive until we meet to part no more.”

Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu rendered a poetic eulogy that drew thunderous appaluse from the audience.

Kachikwu constructed a literary address by Captain ‘Hosa to the audience which, paraphrased, read in part: Godiya, my time has come. I feel your pain; I feel your anguish; I watch your tears; I sense the emptiness in your space; I stare into spaces all over … I miss you all, but God said my time has come.

I fought the needles, scans, consultations and chamber of fright, all through the hospital staff members, fear all over them until that morning that he appeared; he stood there; His hands outstretched, in a voice like a whisper, He said your time has come….”

Governor Obaseki who spoke on behalf of all government officials was full of praises for Captain ‘Hosa’s industry.

He described him as a breaker of glass ceilings, a philanthropist par excellence, and a business mogul of global reputation.

He said Captain ‘Hosa pushed himself to the limits to build his business empire.

He said he gave lavishly of his resources, adding he would be remembered for his undying love for our State.

He commiserated with the Okunbo family, associates and admirers of Capt. ‘Hosa. “Rest in peace Captain,” he declared.

In a vote of thanks shortly before the family took away his body for private interment, his eldest son, Osahon Okunbo, said his late father found it easy to forgive those who offended because of the virtues of love and mercy that God imbued him with.

Osahon said his siblings would emulate their father and called on his father’s friends, business partners, those in government to also emulate his virtue of love and mercy.

Osahon said his siblings would emulate their father and called on his father’s friends, business partners, those in government to also emulate his virtue of love and mercy.

 

Credit: The Conclave

 

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See The Full List Of Amended Charges FG Brought Against Nnamdi Kanu

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Ahead of Thursday’s court session, the full list of the amended charges filed against Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government of Nigeria has been obtained.

Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is scheduled to appear before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has on behalf of the federal government, filed a seven-count amended charge against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The charges border on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism.

Below are the charges.

Count One

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afaraukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State being the leader of the Indigenous People of Bialra (IPOB) on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in London, United Kingdom, did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, preparations made by you and others now at large for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into the Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 41(c) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP. C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Count Two

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area ot Abia State, on or about the 28th April, 2015 in London, United Kingdom did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Count Three

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afaraukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State between the month of March and April 2015 imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulusiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court , a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L concealed in a container of used household which you declared as used household items and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 (2) of the Criminal Code of Act ,Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Count Four
That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult. of Afaraukwu iIbeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in London, United Kingdom between 2018 and 2021 Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and FCT, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, professed to be a member of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed organisation in Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 16 Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Count Five

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on the 22th of April, 2021 in London, United Kingdom on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did an act of terrorism in that you incite the other members (followers) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB}, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria, to look for security personnel, their family members through a Radio Biafra on 102.1FM monitored through the IPOB Community Radio and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act.

Count Six

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia Stale on the 16thh of May, 2021, in London, United Kingdom within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism by making a broadcast that “In 2 weeks’ time, what will happen will shake the world, people will die, the whole world will stand still, mark my word” and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Count Seven

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on the 31st of May, 2021, in London, United Kingdom within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism by issuing a deadly threat that anyone who flouted your sit-at-home order should “write his/her will,” as a result banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations were not opened for businesses and vehicular movements grounded and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

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Gov Makinde Gets Oyo Assembly’s Approval For Fresh N18.7bn Loan

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Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have approved the request of Governor Seyi Makinde of the state to access the N18.7 billion Federal Government Bridge Facility loan.

The state lawmakers gave the approval during an emergency sitting held on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital.

Our correspondent learnt that the loan was meant to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic.

DAILY POST recalls that this is not the first time the lawmakers will approve the governor’s request to access loan facilities.

Our correspondent learnt that the state House of Assembly, which was inaugurated in June 2019, has approved about N100 billion in loan for the governor.

DAILY POST gathered that one of such loans was the one recently approved in August this year.

Recall that the lawmakers had in August this year approved a loan of N6 billion for the governor.

Also, the House of Assembly had in October 2019 approved N7 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loan for the governor.

It was gathered that the N7 billion loan was approved by the lawmakers four months after the 9th Assembly was inaugurated.

The state lawmakers had however on Monday approved another N18 billion loan facility for the governor.

DAILY POST reports that the request to approve the fresh loan was contained in a letter forwarded to the state lawmakers by Makinde.

Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin read the letter before his colleagues on Monday.

Ogundoyin assured that the House, through its Committee on Public Account and Appropriation, will perform its oversight function by monitoring the accessing and the spending of the loan.

The lawmakers after their deliberations then approved the fresh loan for the governor.

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How Gunmen Killed Estate Agent During Church Service At RCCG

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Bayo Sina Babarinde, an estate agent was shot dead by gunmen during Sunday service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Living Word Parish, Basin Road, in iIlorin, the Kwara state capital.

It was gathered that Babarinde stepped out of the church to receive a phone call when his assailants rained bullets on him.

The incident happened during the 7am service of the parish on Sunday, October 17.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Monday night, said investigation was ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

“He was called on phone during the service as he walked out of the church to receive the call. The sound of gun shots rent the air, which drew the attention of the congregation,” Okasanmi said.

“As at the time the congregation got out of the church to see what was happening, it was discovered that the estate agent was already in the pool of his blood. It was discovered that he was shot in the head. The shells of the bullet used in killing the deceased have been recovered and the corpse has been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for postmortem

“People should not entertain any fear as the police and other security agencies are working towards unraveling the situation surrounding the incident towards arresting the perpetrators and ensuring that the security of lives and property of our people are well protected.”

The PPRO said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed to strategic places in the metropolis, including worship centres, to prevent such reoccurrence assuring residents to go about their lawful businesses.

He also said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed in strategic places in the metropolis, to prevent such reoccurrence.

Meanwhile, a tribute to the deceased written by Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, said that the killers were said to have called him out of the church. Read below:

GOOD NIGHT MY BROTHER

Bayo Babarinde, yours was a very fulfilled life despite the numerous challenges. Although, I didn’t know much of your early life, reflecting on our first meeting at Yewa High School Ajilete, Ogun State in 1987, it will be safe to say that all odds was against you like many of our contemporaries

You were always full of life, you offered friendship with an open mind, you spoke your thoughts as you saw it. Out of sheer grace, a few of us made it out and you went on to study at the University of Benin while I went to the Lagos State University

Our path crossed again in 2007 while I was putting a team together for my company and in your selfless nature, you offered to relocate to Ilorin with your family with the view to stabilize our operations in Kwara State.

For the last 34 years, you held up your end of the rope until the cold hands of death forced you to drop it on Sunday 17th October, 2021. Most painful for me is the fact that you departed this world on the same date that I lost my mother 24 years ago

My dear brother, I take solace in the fact you grew closer to your creator to the very end and it is also symbolic that your killers were said to have called you out of the church. I still can’t process the shock and pain your young family will be going through now, to think that you all left home that faithful Sunday morning to worship God and they returned without you.

Regardless of the motive or justification if any, no one deserves to die the way you did. I will miss you my dear brother and friend, Adieu, Bayo Babarinde.

Rest In Peace!

Signed:

Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade

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